What is MCT?


 

Recharge MCT Infused Coffee

We've taken our new coffee, "The Colombian"; a smooth, citrusy deep coffee, and infused MCT into it. When you brew, you won't have to blend anything, mess with any oils, or add any butter. The flavour won't be affected, and you'll be left with an amazingly fresh coffee with all the benefits to MCT oil. 

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What is MCT?

MCT is the combination of the two fatty acids C8 and C10, or pure C8, extracted from coconut and palm oil.

MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. You may also see them called MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids).

They’re “medium” because they only have 6-10 carbon atoms.

MCTs are a form of saturated fatty acids and there are four different types based on their carbon length.

Here's the benefits that MCT has to offer you:

  1. Supports healthy weight loss
  2. Aids gut health
  3. Supports cognitive health
  4. Helps prevent heart disease
  5. Can help manage diabetes
  6. Increases exercise performance
  7. Supports ketosis

#1: SUPPORTS HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS

Fats have always been known to help you stay fuller, longer.  

However, more studies have been popping up showing that MCTs not only help you maintain satiety, but raise the metabolic rate at which your body functions — leading to greater weight loss and health outcomes

Specifically, The Journal of Nutrition published a double blind placebo study demonstrating the difference between one group of subjects consuming MCTs and the other group of subjects consuming LCTs (long-chain triglycerides) for their fat intake. The rest of their nutritional intake was the same, the only difference being the type of fat they consumed.

Over the course of a 12-week period, there was about an eight and a half pound difference in overall body fat lost, and a loss in body weight too. This difference could be due to the fact that MCTs prevent fat accumulation through enhanced thermogenesis and fat oxidation — which helps your body produce ketones.

A double-blind study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that MCTs suppressed the accumulation of body fat in healthy men and women.

#2: AIDS GUT HEALTH

MCTs are natural antibiotics and are capable of killing certain types of harmful bacteria without decreasing or removing “good” bacteria. This leads to a better gut environment overall which improves the defense against harmful bacteria, fungi and other parasites.

Harmful bacteria such as streptococcus, staphylococcus, neisseria and other bacteria known to cause viruses have been killed by MCTs. Your  gut affects everything from energy expenditure to your ability to absorb vitamins and minerals, so it’s important to keep it balanced and healthy.

#3: SUPPORTS COGNITIVE HEALTH

As recent studies have shown, the connection of brain and gut health is more apparent than ever.

As the majority of our brains consist of fatty acids, it’s no wonder we get more energy and think more clearly when we provide our bodies with MCT oil and other healthy fats.

Ketones are able to pass through the blood-brain barrier and serve as fuel for the central nervous system, which means MCTs directly support brain health. 

The journal Front Aging in Neuroscience recently published a study showing that subjects with memory impairment showed improvement in memory after supplementing with MCTs that produced higher ketone levels in the blood.

Additionally, MCTs have been shown to have a strong blood sugar stabilizing effect that may help reduce inflammation and improve brain function.

#4: HELPS PREVENT HEART DISEASE

In addition to MCTs providing natural antibiotics for immune and gut health, studies have shown the potential for MCTs to aid in the prevention and treatment of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study showing that the consumption of MCTs for 8 weeks resulted in a significant decrease (-14.54%) in blood triglyceride levels — a common marker of cardiovascular disease — in hypertriglyceridemic patients compared to consumption of LCT oil.

Furthermore, a study from the journal of Metabolism concluded that overweight women consuming MCTs improved their overall cardiovascular risk profile. However, in this study the MCTs were combined with phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids so it is hard to conclude if the results were solely due to the MCTs themselves or the combination of these oils.

#5: CAN HELP MANAGE DIABETES

Studies have shown that MCTs play a possible role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Specifically, the journal of Diabetes and the journal of Metabolism published studies showing that MCT consumption improved insulin sensitivity — a key factor in diabetes prevention and management– in both diabetic patients and nondiabetic subjects.

MCTs are also a promising supplement for people who already suffer from Type 1 diabetes. A small study found that ingesting MCTs prevented the decline in cognitive performance during hypoglycemia in people with Type 1 diabetes. The effect was the most positive in verbal memory.

#6: CAN IMPROVE YOUR EXERCISE PERFORMANCE

Over the years, MCTs have become a staple in the diets of both recreational and elite athletes. This is no surprise due to the fact that MCTs have a high energy density, are rapidly absorbed in the body and can quickly convert into clean and sustainable energy.

Research is continuously emerging in this area but one fairly recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology showed that recreational athletes significantly reduced blood lactate levels and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) during moderate-intensity exercise while also extending the duration of high-intensity exercise when consuming MCTs.

Another study from the Journal of Applied Physiology found that endurance-trained cyclists who consumed MCTs during moderate-intensity exercise for two hours had significant improvements in time-trial performance during high-intensity exercise.

#7: SUPPORTS KETOSIS

MCT oil should be a go-to supplement for all keto-ers because on top of providing those health benefits, it helps increase blood ketone levels.

Taking MCTs can significantly increase ketone levels within an hour. This makes it ideal for taking it when you’re trying to start ketosis, get back into keto or need a boost of energy when you’re already in ketosis.

 

 

Why MCT Oil Is The Ultimate Energy Source

When your body uses ketones as its main source of fuel instead of glucose (from carbs), it can enter and remain in a state of ketosis.

MCT is powerful because it helps make ketones readily available for your body to use, making ketosis easy to achieve and maintain.

Unlike almost all other foods, the two MCTs used in MCT oil are swiftly absorbed and metabolized as energy in your body, making them the perfect fuel.

Because they’re efficiently burned, saturated fats and MCT oil in particular, have two positive effects on weight:

  • Lower propensity to be stored as body fat. MCTs are rapidly metabolized and used for energy.
  • Higher calorie burn. MCTs have a thermogenic effect (burning calories to create heat). This fat-burning process results in a metabolism boost.

There are 4 reasons why MCT oil can be burned as fuel so effectively:

  1. MCTs reach your liver quickly. They don’t have to go through peripheral tissues first, like LCTs do.
  2. MCTs don’t have to be broken down into smaller molecules. Unlike long-chain fats, the body can absorb MCTs more efficiently due to the size of their carbon bonds.
  3. MCTs cross the double membrane of the mitochondria quickly (the energy “factory” of the cell).
  4. MCTs don’t need the presence of an enzyme called carnitine to be converted to energy, like LCTs do.

MCT Oil vs MCT Powder

Did you know you could consume MCT oil in powder form? MCT oil powder is more practical and even less detectable than MCTs in oil form. It's how we make our Recharge coffee infused with MCT.

WHY CHOOSE MCT OIL POWDER?

MCT oil in powder form:

  • Is easier on the digestive system.
  • Raises ketone levels more effectively.
  • Is easier to mix in baking recipes because of the dry texture.
  • Leaves no oily residue.
  • Travels easier through those airport security checks!
  • Can be easily packed when going camping or on road trips.